October 17, 1997 12:00 AM

Barbra Streisand, 58, will receive the American Film Institute’s 2001 AFI Life Achievement Award, making her the first female director to receive the honor in the award’s 29-year history, the AFI announced this week. The tribute will take place at a Beverly Hills banquet on Feb. 22 and be broadcast on Fox sometime in the spring, says the Hollywood Reporter. While women such as actresses Bette Davis and Barbara Stanwyck have previously been honored by the AFI in the past, Streisand is joining a roster of male filmmakers who include Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Martin Scorsese and William Wyler, who, it so happens, directed Streisand in her Oscar-winning film debut, 1968’s “Funny Girl.”

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